These are serene waters, where one moment you can be sailing a wide bay of barrier islands and the next you’re cruising through a narrow waterway flanked by towering forested walls. That’s the splendid spectacle of the Inside Passage — the scenery is constantly changing, from picturesque shores to friendly coastal towns.
Stretching from Puget Sound, Washington, through the British Columbia coast and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage includes more than 1,000 islands, seemingly endless shore line and thousands of idyllic coves and bays.
Sailing with Princess from Seattle, San Francisco or between Whittier and Vancouver, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery and encounter ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway and Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria.
These are places where you can visit a Native village, learn about the triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding with a real musher. The Inside Passage has stories to tell that will give you a greater understanding of the culture, history and lifestyle of the Great Land.
Alaska's Heritage and History Come to Life
This is where Joe Juneau and Dick Harris discovered gold, setting off a frenzy in 1880. The gold didn’t last, but you can still pan, visit abandoned mines and enjoy the area’s beautiful glaciers. Be sure to stop in at the historic Red Dog Saloon, which still boasts Wyatt Earp’s gun.
A stroll along the lovingly restored frontier-era storefronts and saloons will take you back to the days of the Klondike Gold Rush as will a ride aboard the vintage White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad to the Klondike Summit and Yukon. Visit a mining camp and let frontier-costumed characters delight you with Alaska folklore.
A walk along historic Creek Street, a Red Light District during the Gold Rush, provides a great introduction to the self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World”. Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which is on colorful display at Totem Bight State Park and Saxman Native village. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's history.
Captains James Cook and George Vancouver were the first Europeans to explore this region, but it took the Alaska Railroad to put it on the map. Today this inviting city features the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Alaska Native Heritage Center where you can watch performers re-create traditional stories and watch artisans at work.
Victoria is a beauty to behold, surrounded on all sides by magnificent nature. Take in the sights from a double-decker bus or a horse-drawn tally-ho and enjoy this capital city’s English aspirations. From glorious beaches to Butchart Gardens to deluxe whale watching, this charming Canadian city is truly a hidden treasure.